Dr Kerry Thompson

BSc,PhD

Contact Details

Post Doctoral Researcher
ANATOMY
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
NUI GALWAY

E: kerry.thompson@nuigalway.ie
PostDoc Microscopy Facility Scientist In The Centre For Microscopy and Imaging
Medicine
Anatomy, NUI Galway

T: +35391495704
E: kerry.thompson@nuigalway.ie
W: https://ie.linkedin.com/in/kerrythompson2 https://www.facebook.com/UnderthemicroscopeRMS
 
researcher

Biography

Kerry was awarded her PhD (funded by IRCEST and HP) in 2010 (under the supervision of Prof. Peter Dockery (Anatomy) and Dr. Leo Quinlan (Physiology)). The research project focused on structure function relations in the human endometrium after exposure to potential endocrine disrupting chemicals, and analysis of complex physiological and anatomical datasets. Prior to this she completed an honours degree in Biomedical Science in 2006, obtaining first class honours. In 2011 she began work as a Microscopy Facility Scientist in the Centre for Microscopy and Imaging in NUI Galway. Key duties of this role include the provision of training at both the light microscopy (LM) and electron microscopy (EM) level, and the guidance of experimental microscopy for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and researchers from groups all around the university’s campus. In 2012 she was elected as Honorary Secretary of the Microscopy Society of Ireland (MSI) and has since been involved in organising national and international multidisciplinary microscopy meetings. Recently, she travelled to the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, San Diego to receive some specialist EM training. Her current research is focusing on the development of correlative light and electron microscopy techniques. The promotion of microscopy through outreach activities is also something that Kerry is actively involved in, in both her role with the MSI and as a core facility scientist. Through EXPLORE funding obtained in 2014/2015 academic year; Kerry acted as a Project Manager in the “Under the Microscope” Programme, which brought Microscope Activity Kits from the Royal Microscopy Society (RMS) into Irish Primary Schools for the first time. Over 450 children in rural County Galway and Mayo schools gained access to a microscope on a daily basis for a minimum of four weeks. With the support of the RMS and the MSI, the team will continue to visit schools in 2015/2016. In 2015, Kerry was elected onto the Outreach and Education Committee of the RMS. 

Research Interests

  • The impact of the environmental chemicals on the cell
  • Cell Biology - Epithelial Cell Polarity, Structure Function Relationships  
  • Correlative light and electron microscopy techniques
  • The Art and Science Interface 
  • Public engagement and promotion of STEM activities using Microscopy in Primary School Education 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2012) 'Predicting and avoiding subcellular compartmentalization artifacts arising from acetoxymethyl ester calcium imaging probes. The case of fluo-3 AM and a general account of the phenomenon including a problem avoidance chart'
Thompson, K,Dockery, P,Horobin, RW (2012) 'Predicting and avoiding subcellular compartmentalization artifacts arising from acetoxymethyl ester calcium imaging probes. The case of fluo-3 AM and a general account of the phenomenon including a problem avoidance chart'. Biotechnic & Histochemistry, 87 :468-483 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Decoy receptors block TRAIL sensitivity at supra-cellular level: the role of stromal cells in controlling tumour TRAIL-sensitivity'
O'Leary L, van der Sloot A, Serrano L, Reis C, Cool R, Quax WJ, Deegan S, Murillo L, Thompson K, de Sampaio P, Ryan AE, Singh Dhami SP, Murphy G, Szegezdi E (2015) 'Decoy receptors block TRAIL sensitivity at supra-cellular level: the role of stromal cells in controlling tumour TRAIL-sensitivity'. Oncogene, [Details]
(2015) 'Distinct mechanisms underlie oral versus aboral regeneration in the cnidarian Hydractinia echinata'
Bradshaw B, Thompson K, Frank U (2015) 'Distinct mechanisms underlie oral versus aboral regeneration in the cnidarian Hydractinia echinata'. eLife, 4 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Inefficiency in macromolecular transport of SCS-based microcapsules affects viability of primary human mesenchymal stem cells but not of immortalized cells'
Sanz-Nogués C, Horan J, Thompson K, Howard L, Ryan G, Kassem M, O'Brien T (2015) 'Inefficiency in macromolecular transport of SCS-based microcapsules affects viability of primary human mesenchymal stem cells but not of immortalized cells'. Journal Of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Upregulation of autophagy by rapamycin induces spontaneous formation of uniform embryoid bodies and accelerates differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells'
Sotthibundhu A, McDonagh K, Klawiter A, Thompson K, Dockery P, Devine M, Kunath T, O’Brien T, Barry F, Shen S* (2014) 'Upregulation of autophagy by rapamycin induces spontaneous formation of uniform embryoid bodies and accelerates differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells'. Autophagy, [Details]
(2014) 'NADPH oxidase complex-derived reactive oxygen species, the actin cytoskeleton, and Rho GTPases in cell migration'
Stanley A, Thompson K, Hynes A, Brakebusch C, Quondamatteo F (2014) 'NADPH oxidase complex-derived reactive oxygen species, the actin cytoskeleton, and Rho GTPases in cell migration'. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling, 20 (13):2026-2042 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) 'Functionalization of the living diatom Thalassiosira weissflogii with thiol moieties'
Lang, Y,del Monte, F,Collins, L,Rodriguez, BJ,Thompson, K,Dockery, P,Finn, DP,Pandit, A (2013) 'Functionalization of the living diatom Thalassiosira weissflogii with thiol moieties'. Nature Communications, 4 [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Predicting and avoiding subcellular compartmentalization artifacts arising from acetoxymethyl ester calcium imaging probes. The case of fluo-3 AM and a general account of the phenomenon including a problem avoidance chart'
Thompson K, Dockery P, Horobin RW (2012) 'Predicting and avoiding subcellular compartmentalization artifacts arising from acetoxymethyl ester calcium imaging probes. The case of fluo-3 AM and a general account of the phenomenon including a problem avoidance chart'. Biotechnic & Histochemistry, 87 (7):468-483 [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Impaired recognition memory and cognitive flexibility in the rat L5-L6 spinal nerve ligation model of neuropathic pain'
Orla Moriarty, Claire L. Gorman, Fiona McGowan, Gemma K. Ford, Michelle Roche, Kerry Thompson, Peter Dockery, Brian E. McGuire,David P. Finn (2016) 'Impaired recognition memory and cognitive flexibility in the rat L5-L6 spinal nerve ligation model of neuropathic pain' Scandinavian Journal of Pain, (10) . [DOI] [Details]

Abstract

  Year Publication
(2012) An optimised microgel for maintaining 3D viable microenvironment for human mesenchymal stem cells.
Dilip, T,Fontana, G,Baustain, C,Thompson, K,Sugrue, T,Lalor, P,Dockery, P,O'Brien, T,Pandit, A (2012) An optimised microgel for maintaining 3D viable microenvironment for human mesenchymal stem cells. Abstract [Details]
(2013) Apoptosis in cell-loaded scaffolds in a transection model of rat spinal cord injury.
Keane, E,Madigan, NN,Canney, M,Thompson, K,O'Brien, T,Windebank, AJ,McMahon, SS (2013) Apoptosis in cell-loaded scaffolds in a transection model of rat spinal cord injury. Abstract [Details]
(2009) A stereological study on the effects of the Mirena/Levonogestrel releasing device on the morphology of the human myometrium.
Thompson, K,Dockery, P,Cameron, IT,Campbell, S (2009) A stereological study on the effects of the Mirena/Levonogestrel releasing device on the morphology of the human myometrium. Abstract [Details]
(2013) Autophagy mechanism in reprogramming and induced pluripotent stem cells. ISSCR Conference 2013, Boston.
Sotthibundhu A, McDonagh K, Klawiter A, Thompson K, Dockery P., Devine M, Kunath T, O’Brien T, Barry F, Shen S* (2013) Autophagy mechanism in reprogramming and induced pluripotent stem cells. ISSCR Conference 2013, Boston. Abstract [Details]
(2013) Establishing in Vitro Models of Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. ISSCR Conference 2013, Boston.
McDonagh K, Sotthibundhu A, Thompson K, McDermott E, Dockery P., Schwartz PH, Brick DJ, O’Brien T, Barry F, Shen S* (2013) Establishing in Vitro Models of Autism Spectrum Disorders Using Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. ISSCR Conference 2013, Boston. Abstract [Details]
(2009) A stereological study on the effects of the Mirena/Levonogestrel releasing device on the morphology of the human myometrium. JOURNAL OF ANATOMY.
THOMPSON, K et al. (2009) A stereological study on the effects of the Mirena/Levonogestrel releasing device on the morphology of the human myometrium. JOURNAL OF ANATOMY. Abstract [Details]
(2008) A stereological study of the structural changes in hyaline cartilage in a model of rheumatoid arthritis.
Thompson, K,Brennan, D,Glynn, S,Dockery, P,Finn, DP (2008) A stereological study of the structural changes in hyaline cartilage in a model of rheumatoid arthritis. Abstract [Details]

Reviews

  Year Publication
(2014) NADPH Oxidase Complex-Derived Reactive Oxygen Species, the Actin Cytoskeleton, and Rho GTPases in Cell Migration.
Stanley, A,Thompson, K,Hynes, A,Brakebusch, C,Quondamatteo, F (2014) NADPH Oxidase Complex-Derived Reactive Oxygen Species, the Actin Cytoskeleton, and Rho GTPases in Cell Migration. Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Microscopy Society Of Ireland Honorary Secretary 01-SEP-12 /
Royal Microscopy Society Fellow /
European Society for Human Reproduction Ordinary Member 01-MAY-14 / 01-MAY-15
Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland Ordinary Member 01-SEP-06 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Microscopy Society Of Ireland Honorary Secretary 26-AUG-11 /